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Checking the Heart and Lung

Heart and Lung Method 1: Scraping the Major Thenar Eminence, Middle Finger and Little Finger

When scraping these areas, focus on the tips and roots of the fingernails. Smooth sensations under the gua sha tool without pain suggest a normal condition, while pain, a dark-purple major thenar eminence, or curved fingertips of the middle and little fingers suggest a sub-health state in the heart.

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Heart and Lung Method 2: Patting the Elbow Fossa

Pat with gradually increasing force on the elbow fossa after applying gua sha oil. Taking intermittent breaks, continue patting until no new sha appears.

1, Moderate to severe sha on the lung meridian at the radial side of the fossa suggests the common cold, shortness of breath with cough or history of lung disease.

2, Moderate to severe sha on the pericardium meridian in the middle of the fossa suggests chest oppression, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, insomnia or profuse dreams.

3, Severe sha on the heart

meridian on the ulnar side indicates significant lack of oxygen to the heart. These patients should go to hospital for examination as soon as possible.

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Heart and Lung Method 3: Scraping the Area Over the Heart

Apply gua sha oil, then scrape the center of the chest, the left side of the chest over the heart and the areas corresponding to the heart 011 the left-upper back. Pain, nodules or sha that appear with scraping suggest sub-­health states of the heart, while large areas of dark-purple sha with painful nodules suggest a severe lack of oxygen to the heart. These patients should be examined by a doctor as soon as possible.

The area over the heart: the center of the sternum, the left chest and the left scapular region on the back.

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Heart and Lung Method 4: Scraping Xinshu (BL15) and Feishu (BL13)

When scraping Xinshu (BL 15) and Feishu (BL 13) on the back, dense patches of purple sha with pain or nodules suggest chronic qi and blood stagnation in the heart and lung meridians. Dark-purple sha with large nodules and severe pain around Xinshu (BL 15) indicates heart disease. These patients should go to a hospital for examination as soon as possible.

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